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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

VF Corp owns 24 manufacturing sites, including this facility in MexicoWhere does VF's supply chain sit in new growth strategy? 13 April 2017

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberland and The North Face brands. Underpinning its plans, the company notes, is a rapidly changing marketplace – and the pivotal role played by its supply chain.

Larger manufacturers utilising economies of scale and lower costs to supply commoditised products more cheaply and in larger volumes are winning the global footwear raceUS footwear sector is carving a competitive niche 13 April 2017

By innovating the production process and utilising highly-skilled local labour to produce limited runs of high-end footwear, the domestic footwear industry in the US is carving its own niche to stay competitive, according to a new briefing.

Top economic bodies warn against trade protectionism 13 April 2017

The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have joined forces to champion the benefits of trade as a driver of global growth.

Ansgar Lohmann, head of the Corporate Social Responsibility department at KiK Textil and Non-Food GmbH (KiK)How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions – Interview 11 April 2017

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.

Anywhere, anytime delivery to customers is likely to become the normWhy it's time to embrace digital supply chains 11 April 2017

The next-generation supply chain will be digital, on-demand and always-on, with "all of its links interconnected and synchronised to the same drum beat of consumer demand." And new research suggests this model could become the new reality within five years.

Prosperity Textile #RA3939A-4 was named in the top 10 of the Eco Era category Prosperity Textile fabrics among top sports innovations 11 April 2017

Four denim fabrics developed by China’s Prosperity Textile have been honoured among the top products used to manufacture sports apparel for the upcoming autumn/winter season.

The South African region is reaffirming its position as an increasingly prominent textile sourcing hubQuality issues and ethical challenges continue in 2017 10 April 2017

Product quality has shown little improvement in 2017 so far, while ethical compliance suffers throughout Asia, according to a new update.

The Timberland X Thread collection uses Thread International's performance materials made of recycled plastic bottles from HaitiTimberland progresses on 2020 sustainability goals 10 April 2017

Among the latest sustainability goals from Timberland are plans to eliminate per-fluorinated compounds (PFCs) completely from the durable water repellents used in its products by 2020 – although the outdoor lifestyle brand admits it faced some challenges in its progress on this and other metrics last year.

Benetton joins IWTO in European fashion first 10 April 2017

Italian retailer Benetton Group has become the first European fashion firm to join the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) in a move to reinforce its commitment to sustainability in the supply chain.

Jordan is currently hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees and the garment industry is key to helping themNew Jordan garment sector alliance to help refugees 7 April 2017

A new garment sector alliance in Jordan aims to create opportunities for refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis and help their host countries – but participants acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead.

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